Royal National Theatre

It was first performed at the Royal National Theatre, London, on 22 May 1997.

  • Dan .... Clive Owen
  • Alice .... Liza Walker
  • Anna .... Sally Dexter
  • Larry .... Ciarán Hinds

West End

In March the next year the play moved to the West End.

  • Dan .... Lloyd Owen
  • Alice .... Liza Walker
  • Anna .... Frances Barber
  • Larry .... Neil Pearson

Music Box Theatre

The first American performance was presented 9 March 1999, on Broadway at the Music Box Theater, New York, by Robert Fox, Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Carole Shorenstein Hays, ABC Inc., the Shubert Organization, and the Royal National Theatre.

  • Dan .... Rupert Graves
  • Alice .... Anna Friel
  • Anna .... Natasha Richardson
  • Larry .... Ciarán Hinds

The production core consisted of:

Director Patrick Marber
Designer Vicki Mortimer
Lighting Hugh Vanstone
Music Paddy Cunneen
Sound Simon Baker
Internet John Owens
Production stage manager R. Wade Jackson

Closer ran for 172 performances on Broadway during 1999, with Polly Draper replacing Richardson starting 15 June.[4] Closer won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 1999.[5]

Theatre Fontaine

It received its Paris premiere on 22 December 1998 at the Theatre Fontaine, in a production based on a French translation by Pierre Laville and directed by Patrice Kerbrat.[6]

  • Dan .... Gad Elmaleh
  • Alice .... Anne Brochet
  • Anna .... Caroline Sihol
  • Larry .... Jean-Philippe Ecoffey[6]


Early productions of Closer on the West Coast of the United States include one featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal as Alice in a Berkeley Repertory Theatre production in May 2000 (directed by Wilson Milam),[7] and another also featuring Gyllenhaal opposite Rebecca De Mornay as Anna in a Mark Taper Forum production in December 2000, directed by Robert Egan.[8]

Divadlo Na Jezerce

Directed by Jan Hřebejk. The play had its premiere on 22 November 2009 in Jezerka Theatre, in Prague. The Czech title is Na Dotek.

  • Dan .... Jiří Macháček
  • Alice .... Kristýna Liška Boková
  • Anna .... Lenka Vlasáková
  • Larry .... Marek Daniel

Slezské divadlo

Directed by Ivan Krejčí. The play had its premiere on 21 March 2004 in the Silesian Theatre in Opava.

  • Dan .... Ladislav Špiner or Ondřej Veselý
  • Alice .... Sabina Figarová or Veronika Senciová
  • Anna .... Hana Vaňková
  • Larry .... Kostas Zerdaloglu

As of 2001, the play has been produced in more than a hundred cities in over thirty different languages around the world.[9]

In February 2009 a new German translation of the play opened in Berlin under the title Hautnah.

This content is from Wikipedia. GradeSaver is providing this content as a courtesy until we can offer a professionally written study guide by one of our staff editors. We do not consider this content professional or citable. Please use your discretion when relying on it.